Williamson Co. man pleads guilty to crack cocaine charges

Williamson Co. man pleads guilty to crack cocaine charges

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A Carbondale, Illinois man pleaded guilty to a two-count superseding indictment on Aug. 15.

Eric Scott Russell, 48, was charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Southern Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, the offenses happened between 2012 and April 2013 in Williamson and Jackson Counties.

Evidence at the plea hearing established that Russell was involved with co-defendant Albert "Boogie" Wesley and others in the distribution of crack cocaine.

On April 7, Russell sold crack cocaine to a confidential source working for law enforcement.

Russell faces a prison term of up to 20 years on each count, to be followed by three years supervised release and a $1,000,000 fine. He is currently being held without bond pending a Dec. 3 sentencing hearing.

Wesley had previously pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

The investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Carbondale Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Williamson County and the Jackson County State's Attorney's Office also helped in the investigation.

The case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

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